Before You Go
1. Stock up on supplements.
Herbal supplements and vitamin C packets are incredible travel companions. Stock up on favorites like Emergen-C before you hit the road, and you’ll have an instant boost if you start feeling a cold coming on.
2. Get your beauty sleep.
You may be working long hours in the run-up to your trip, but make sure to plan enough time for a full eight hours of sleep. Working yourself to the bone will leave your body exhausted and run down — and, of course, more susceptible to every germ that flies your way.
3. Check the essentials.
Sometimes getting sick on the road is unavoidable. Make sure you have at least your basic medical travel insurance plan in order before you head out the door, so you’ll be prepared if you need to see a doctor.
On the Way
1. Drink lots of water.
This is good advice for any mode of transportation, but it’s especially pertinent if you’re flying. Airplanes are known for dehydrating passengers, and without enough water, you’ll feel irritable and sluggish when you land. Keep a bottle of water nearby, and sip at it constantly. Our advice? Squeeze a bit of lemon or lime into the bottle if plain water is too tasteless.
2. Mind the sodium.
No one wants to arrive at their destination bloated and thirsty. Keep an eye on how many salty snacks you’re consuming throughout the journey; they may keep boredom at bay, but they’ll make your body a holding pen for excess water.
3. Make anti-bacs your best friends.
There’s some general disagreement about how effective anti-bacterial lotions can be, but we believe it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep a small container with you at all times to kill off any bacteria that’s made its way onto your hands from the seats, bathrooms or overhead bins.
While You’re There
1. Watch what you eat.
Though a little indulgence is par for the course, try to keep fruits and veggies in daily rotation. Not only will you have enough energy to trot all over your destination, but you’ll also be better equipped to fight off any airborne colds and flus.
2. Temper the drinking.
Again, a few glasses of wine are totally fine, but steer clear of getting fall-down drunk. Hangovers are just as miserable abroad as they are at home, and you don’t want to lose a valuable sightseeing day to an upset stomach and nasty headache. If you find yourself too tipsy at the end of the night, drink a big glass of water before going to bed; it’s the best way to fight off nausea-inducing dehydration.
3. Nap, nap, nap.
We’ve all been there: Your itinerary is so jam-packed that you barely have time for a tea let alone a nap. If you’re feeling sleepy in the middle of the afternoon, however, consider indulging in 30 minutes of shut eye. You’ll be better prepared for the evening ahead, and your body won’t have to work so hard to keep you moving. Plus, a proper amount of sleep is integral to keeping illness away.